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Bogus Trademark Registration Warning

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Guy No Comments

The chance to obtain protection rights for trademarks  across all 27 member states of the European Union will be seen as is a great benefit by anyone who has struggled to meet all the demands of individual registration, trademarks normally being limited to individual states. When combined with an almost completed global reach to the signatories of the s0-called Madrid system, while total coverage is still quite expensive, but at a cost that is a fraction of what it would have been in the not so distant past.

Inevitably the prospect of money being paid for such a valuable service has led an increasing number of fraudsters sending email demands for payment. The Community Trademark Registry has compiled a useful collection of these bogus sites. Inevitable, the names will change and others will appear as time goes by, but this is a useful warning, with examples of what to expect and avoid.

Nominet Loses Discrimination Case

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Guy No Comments

Nominet, the company that administers and maintains the register of UK Internet domain names, has lost a £100,000 claim of disability discrimination brought by former Policy Director. An employment tribunal ruled that the employer’s behaviour did not comply with UK employment law.

Ms Taylor, the claimant, had worked for the non-profit firm since 2000. However, she said that her former employer had discriminated against her due to her having suffered a mental illness. She had not been allowed to participate in policy making at the firm and had subsequently resigned as a result; Ms Taylor raised a claim of disability discrimination to the employment tribunal.

The tribunal said that Nominet’s treatment of the claimant had been ‘high handed and insulting’. However, additional and undisclosed claims raised by Ms Taylor were rejected by the tribunal. Following the tribunal’s decision, Nominet said: ‘Whilst the tribunal found against us on one aspect we are pleased that the tribunal rejected the majority of the complaints made.

Whatever the merits (or lack of merit) in the position of an employer and an employee the case is a reminder that in every case sensitive handling of relations with disabled employees is essential.  It is also a reminder of the high awards that are possible in discrimination cases